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How to Paint Rocks for the Community

NAMI SW WA serves individuals with mental health challenges and those who love them.

How to Paint Rocks for Your Community:

  1. Look for rocks in your own backyard, online, or from a landscaping business or big box home improvement store.
  2. Wash rocks with soap and water.
  3. Make sure rocks are completely dry.
  4. Use acrylic paints, (they don’t have to be expensive or high quality to work). Craft acrylic paints that come in small upright bottles work well, too.
  5. There are numerous YouTube videos on painting rocks and ideas for what sorts of things to paint on them. We love messages of hope or content that makes people smile. People have painted their rocks to look like food, animals, or decorated with dots, shapes, and encouraging words.
  6. Allow the paint to completely dry, the dry time can be found on the acrylic paint packaging. Usually a few hours or overnight.
  7. Seal with Rust-oleum 2x Outdoor Clear Sealer Spray Paint in matte, satin, or gloss. We’ve found that this worked the best for making sure painted rocks don’t fade in the sun. If you are low on funds, we can seal the rocks for you after you’ve dropped them off with us.

You can drop your painted rocks off at NAMI SW WA, 2500 Main Street, Suite 120 in Vancouver, Washington. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9:30 am – 4 pm and our doors are currently closed to the public. You can either knock on the door during our work hours or call ahead, 360-695-2823, to let us know you’re bringing rocks.

Thank you so much!

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